A State College man faces felony drug charges alleging the sale of controlled substances.
According to Patton Township police, a confidential informant alerted officers to an individual selling controlled substances in the State College area. The person, identified as Dustin D. Hicks, 26, had previously sold substances to this informant, police said.
On Dec. 8, the informant made arrangements via text messages to purchase five pills of Suboxone from Hicks for $100, police said. Suboxone is commonly used to treat addiction to narcotics, as well as pain management.
While under surveillance, the informant went to Hicks’ residence along the 800 block of Science Park Road, police said, and afterward turned over five pills to officers. The pills were sent to the state police laboratory, where they reportedly tested positive for buprenorphine, a Schedule III controlled substance.
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A second Suboxone purchase was arranged on Jan. 26, police said, for five pills for $150. Again, the informant reportedly visited Hicks’ residence under surveillance and turned over five pills.
The pills again tested positive for buprenorphine by the state police lab, police said.
Hicks was taken into custody and arraigned Monday before District Judge Kelley Gillette-Walker, according to court documents, and charged with felony counts of possession with intent to deliver and criminal use of a communication facility, and misdemeanor charges of possession of a controlled substance. Straight monetary bail was set at $50,000.
Hicks was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility. A preliminary hearing is slated for July 5.